Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites: Vol 1

Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites: Vol 1

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Guidebook to the via ferratas of Northern, Central and Eastern Italian Dolomites, featuring several new routes. Areas covered include Catinaccio, Marmolada, Sella, Puez Odle, Fanes, Tofane, Cristallo, Sesto, Sorapiss and Marmarole. Routes are arranged by valley bases - Pedraces, Selva, Corvara, Arabba, Val di Fassa, Falzarego, Cortina, Misurina, Sest and Auronzo. The first of a two-volume set of guides to the whole of the Italian Dolomites, this book covers an area stretching from Val di Fassa to Auronzo, while Volume 2 covers the Southern Dolomites, Brenta and Lake Garda. The guide sets the routes out according to strategic valley bases, with some guidance on the best bases for attacking each of the routes. The authors, one of whom now lives in the area, have had first-hand knowledge of all the routes, and have developed a completely new grading system, which strives to simplify an extremely subjective topic. Featuring new maps and photographs and lots of useful appendices.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 21mm | 410g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Over 60 colour photos and 40 route maps
  • 1852845929
  • 9781852845926
  • 138,871

Table of contents


Route Listing
Key to Diagrams
How to Use this Guide
Route Groupings
When to Go
Travel to the Dolomites
Local Transport
Map Availability and Place Names
Route Gradings
Cable Etiquette
What to Wear
Accidents and Mountain Rescue
Some History
Plant life
Pedraces/La Villa
Val di Fassa/Canazei
Appendix 1 Glossary of Mountain Terms
Appendix 2 Index of Routes in Grade Order
Appendix 3 Index of Routes by Mountain Group
Appendix 4 Mountain Rescue
Appendix 5 Bibliography
Appendix 6 Via Ferrata Information and Equipment
Appendix 7 Useful Addresses

Route Listing

Pedraces/La Villa

PEDRA 1 Sass de Putia (Peitlerkofel) 1A

PEDRA 2 Tullen and Gunter Messner Path 1B

PEDRA 3 Monte Cavallo (Helikreuzkofel) 1B

PEDRA 4 Piz de les Conturines (Cunturinesspitze) 1B

PEDRA 5 VF Furcia Rossa - Cima Furcia Rossa III 2C

PEDRA 5a VF Monte Vallon Bianco - Path of Peace 1C


SELVA 1 VF Est and VF Sud - Sass Rigais 2B/1B

SELVA 2 Piz Duledes 1A

SELVA 3 VF Oscar Schuster - Sasso Piatto (Plattkofel) 3B

SELVA 4 VF delle Mesules (Possnecker path) - Piz Selva 4C

SELVA 5 VF Sandro Pertini 4B

SELVA 6 VF Col Rodella 3A


CORV 1 Gran Cir (Grosse Tschierspitze) 1A

CORV 2 Piz da Cir V (Tschierspitze V) 2A

CORV 3 Sassongher 1A

CORV 4 Via Ferrata Brigata Tridentina 3B

CORV 5 Piz da Lech (Boeseekofel) 3B

CORV 6 Lichtenfelser Steig - Piz Boe 1B

CORV 7 Ferrata Vallon - Piz Boe 2B


ARAB 1 VF Cesare Piazzetta - Piz Boe 5C

ARAB 2 Via delle Trincee - La Mesola 4B

ARAB 3 Sass de Rocia 1A

ARAB 4 Col di Lana 1A

Val di Fassa/Canazei

Fassa. Catinaccio - Scilliar

FASSA 1 VF Laurenzi - Molignon 4C

FASSA 2 Grande dente di Terrarossa/Sentiero Massimiliano 2B

Fassa. Passo Costalunga - Catinaccio

FASSA 3 Ferrata Masare 2B

FASSA 4 VF Roda de Vael 1B

FASSA 5 Santner Pass 2A

Fassa. Pozza di Fassa - Catinaccio

FASSA 6 Catinaccio d'Antermoia 2B

FASSA 6a Scalette Path 1A

FASSA 7 VF Franco Gadotti - Sasso Dodici and Sass Aut 2C

Fassa. South-East - Moena and Falcade

FASSA 8 Via Attrezzata del Gronton (currently closed) 1A

FASSA 9 Via Ferrata Bepi Zac - Cima di Costabella 1B

FASSA 9a BF Bepi Zac (extension) 2C

FASSA 10 VF Paolin-Piccolin - Cima dell'Auta Orientale 3B

Fassa. Canazei - Marmolada

FASSA 11 VF dei Finanzieri - Colac 3C

FASSA 11a Ascent of Colac by the ferrata descent route 1B

FASSA 12 Sentiero Attrezzato Lino Pederiva - Sasso Bianco 1A

FASSA 13 Marmolada West Ridge to Punta Penia summit 4C

FASSA 14 VF Eterna Brigata Cadore (currently closed) 5C

FASSA 15 VF Kaiserjeger - Col Ombert 4C


FALZ 1 VF Tomaselli - Punta Sud 5C

FALZ 1a Ascent of Punta Sud by Tomaselli descent route 3C

FALZ 2 Lagazuoi Tunnels 1A

FALZ 3 Averau 2A

FALZ 4 Nuvolau/Ra Gusela 1A

FALZ 5 Sass di Stria 1A

FALZ 6 VF Col dei Bos 3B


Cortina North

CORT 1 VF Giovanni Barbara and VF Lucio Dalaiti 1A

CORT 2 VF Ettore Bovero - Col Rosa 3B

CORT 3 VF Michielli Strobel - Punta Fiames 3B

CORT 4 Terza Cengia - Forcella Zumeles 2C

Cortina - Cristallo

CORT 5 VF Marino Bianchi - Cima di Mezzo 2B

CORT 6 VF Ivano Dibona 2B

CORT 7 VF Renato de Pol - Punta Ovest di Forame 2B

Cortina - Tofane

CORT 8 VF Giovanni Lipella - Tofana di Rozes 4C

CORT 9 Sentiero Astaldi 1A

CORT 10 Sentiero Giuseppe Olivieri 1B

CORT 11 VF Punta Anna and VF Gianni Aglio - Tofana di Mezzo 5C

CORT 12 VF Lamon and VF Formenton - Tofana di Dentro 2B

Cortina - Sorapiss

CORT 13 VF Francesco Berti 3C

CORT 14 Sentiero Carlo Minazio 1C

CORT 15 VF Alfonso Vandelli 3B

CORT 16 VF Sci Club 18 (not yet graded)


MISUR 1 Monte Piana - VF Bilgeri 2B

MISUR 2 VF Delle Scalette - Torre Toblino 3B

MISUR 3 Sentiero del Curato Militare Hosp - Torre Toblino 2A

MISUR 4 Sentiero De Luca/Innerkofler - Monte Paterno 2B

MISUR 5 Sentiero delle Forcella - Monte Paterno 1B

MISUR 6 Sentiero Bonacossa 1A

MISUR 7 VF Merlone - Cima del Cadin de NE 3B

MISUR 8 Cengia del Doge - Marmarole 1C


SESTO 1 Ferrata Nord - Croda Rossa di Sesto 2B

SESTO 2 Strada degli Alpini 2B

SESTO 3 VF Mario Zandonella, including SE Variante - Croda Rossa di Sesto 4B

SESTO 4 VF Aldo Roghel and VF Cengia Gabriella 4C/3C


AURO 1 Sentiero Degli Alpini - Marmarole 2C

AURO 2 Sentiero Amalio da Pra - Marmarole 2B

AURO 3 VF Mazzetta - Padola 2C

AURO 4 Ferrata Sartor - Monte Peralba, Sappada 2B

AURO 5 VF Nord and VF Sud-Ovest - Monte Chiadenis, Sappada 3B/2B

AURO 6 VF dei 50 - Val Pesarina 4C
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About Graham Fletcher

From his base in Wharfedale, John Smith enjoys walking and climbing mountains around the world, and has a particular passion for the Dolomites. He currently leads HF walking holidays. After a busy professional career, Graham Fletcher took early retirement and now lives at the foot of Monte Agner, in the southern Dolomites, biking, skiing and introducing newcomers to the via ferratas.
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